Home Heating Safety
With the changing weather its important to be mindful of the dangers when heating your home. Here are some safety tips and advice from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner regarding some of the heating methods commonly used in our area.
WOOD STOVES AND FIREPLACES
* Is your woodstove installed properly and in good condition?
* Do you have 36” clearance from combustible surfaces and items and
* Have proper floor support and protection?
* Is your chimney inspected and cleaned annually?
* Do you have a glass or metal screen covering the fireplace opening?
* Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.
* Burn your stove hot twice daily to reduce creosote buildup in the chimney.
* NEVER burn charcoal in your stove or fireplace and limit the use of paper to build a fire.
* NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace and be sure the fire is out before going to sleep.
* Do you always use K1 kerosene and burn according to the manufacturer’s directions?
* Is the heater in a well-ventilated room?
* Are all combustible materials at least 36” away from the heater?
* Is the heater placed where it will not be knocked over or block an escape route?
* Use only approved heaters with an emergency shut off if the unit is tipped over.
* NEVER fill a heater while it is hot and NEVER refuel a heater inside your home.
* Keep fuel stored in approved metal cans outside the home.
* Don’t move a burning heater and know how to use the manual shut off in case of a flare –up.
* Make sure the home is ventilated so carbon monoxide doesn’t build up inside.
* Are all controls and emergency shutoffs in proper working condition?
* Has the furnace been inspected/serviced by a professional?
* Are flue pipes well supported, free of holes, rust, and cracks?
* Make sure furnaces and chimneys are in good repair.
* Keep trash and other combustibles away from heating systems.